CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - 500 new jobs could be coming to Clarksville, that is if the company hiring likes what they see from applicants.
Massachusetts-based Agero is looking to bring jobs to one of two cities and they have narrowed it down to Clarksville and Florence, South Carolina. They are using job fairs held Tuesday and Wednesday to help gauge the competition.
Over 400 people came to the job fair held Tuesday, ready to show what kind of labor pool Clarksville had to offer. Job seekers hoped that their skills and enthusiasm were enough to convince Agero that Clarksville is the place to set up shop.
Agero is a roadside assistance company.
"We have identified two final locations, Clarksville being one of them. We are doing 10 min interviews to assess the labor pool," said Sandy Savage, Agero Human Resources Department.
Residents' hope that what recruiters see in Clarksville impresses them more than what they saw in Florence, South Carolina a few weeks ago where nearly 3000 applicants were interviewed. Although Agero representatives said that they are searching for more than just a lot of applicants, they are looking for the right people for the job.
"If Agero does come to Clarksville, they'll move into this empty office building in the corporate park but that is only if the talent they see today and tomorrow impresses them enough," said James Chavez, Clarksville Economic Development Council.
The head of the Economic Development Council in Clarksville said that Clarksville has the type of people Agero was searching for-- educated, motivated and looking for work.
"We always need 500 jobs. We are a fast growing area; our unemployment rate is about 5 percent so we have a lot of people out of work," said Chavez.
As far as what Agero said they are looking for, it's all about customer service, even saying empathy is important. They want people who can calmly help drivers stranded on the road.
Clarksville officials are really hoping all qualified applicants will come out and help show Agero what this city has to offer. The job fair continues Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn, starting at 8 am.
Agero is expected to make a decision about where to put the new call center by the end of the month.